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Medical Legalization Helps Push Global Cannabis Market

A. Lawrence

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According to Grand View Research, the global legal cannabis market had a value of $9.3 Billion in 2016. Furthermore, the market is anticipated to grow at a 34.6% CAGR during the forecast period from 2018 to 2025. The market is beginning to see widespread legalization which has started to take place in several countries and the growing demand for medical and recreational marijuana usage.

At present, the market is divided into medical and recreational segments. The medical segment captivates the industry, accounting for 80.3% of the revenue in 2016, which will continue to help the market throughout the forecast period. Medical cannabis treats many conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer-induced nausea, and chronic pain. Countries have realized the beneficial side effects of cannabis, which have led to many legalizing medical usage, while some continue to study the effects. Aurora Cannabis Inc. ACBFF, Terra Tech Corp. TRTC,  iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. ITHUF, and General Cannabis Corp. CANN.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (otcqx: ACBFF), headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with funded capacity in excess of 570,000 kg per year and sales and operations in 14 countries across five continents, is one of the world’s largest and leading cannabis companies. Aurora Cannabis Inc. recently announced that it has acquired Europe’s largest producer, processor, and supplier of certified organic hemp and hemp products, Agropro UAB, as well as hemp processor and distributor Borela UAB. Post-acquisition, Aurora intends to extract, refine and productize the organic hemp biomass into a wide range of organic CBD-based wellness products to generate new and significant revenue streams in this burgeoning market. With increasing recognition of the medical and general health benefits of CBD-based products, Aurora continues executing on a CBD-focused strategy that covers the entire value chain, from supply, through genetics research and clinical trials, to product development and distribution to various domestic and international markets across five continents. “Agropro’s position as Europe’s leading producer of premium organic hemp along with the significant and previously unutilized CBD production from the large quantities of currently discarded biomass, makes this an accretive acquisition and one that positions Aurora well to become a global leader in organic CBD-based wellness products,” said Terry Booth, Chief Executive Officer.

Terra Tech Corp. (TRTC) operates through multiple subsidiary businesses including Blüm, IVXX Inc., Edible Garden, and MediFarm LLC. Terra Tech Corp. recently announced that it has partnered with the Valiente Group, a beverage production company that specializes in cannabis infusion, to produce a line of cannabis-infused beverages under the IVXX brand. The Company, through the partnership, is currently developing a range of non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages, including ‘champagne’, ‘apple cider’, lemonade ‘margarita’ mix, zero calorie lemon lime soda and cherry lime sparkling water. The infusion technology will be powered by SORSE branded technology, a product of Tarukino Holdings, a patent-pending Emulsion process which leaves beverages without oily residues and without cannabis flavor. The Company is simultaneously developing a single shot flavorless, odorless 5 milligrams and 10-milligram shot that can be added to any beverage or craft cocktail for at-home infusion. “Our relationship with the Valiente Group will enable our initial entrance into the cannabis-infused, non-alcoholic beverage market, which is among the least crowded segments in the adult-use cannabis industry and presents a tremendous first-mover opportunity for Terra Tech,” Derek Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of Terra Tech, stated. “The build-out of our Dyer Road facility will serve the growing demand for cannabis-infused beverages in the California Market and, in the future, we expect it to enable distribution to other markets, including Nevada.”

iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (ITHUF) owns and operates best-in-class licensed cannabis cultivation, processing, and dispensary facilities throughout the United States, providing investors diversified exposure to the U.S. regulated cannabis industry. iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. recently provided the following summary of updates to inform shareholders and stakeholders of developments and achievements at GrowHealthy, the Company’s Florida medical marijuana operation that was acquired earlier this year. “As we prepare to open the first of our Florida dispensaries, we have made significant investments to upgrade our Lake Wales cultivation facility to quickly scale production and meet the expected demand,” said Carlos Perea, Chief Operating Officer at iAnthus. “This expansion puts GrowHealthy in an excellent position to capitalize on the explosive growth in the Florida medical marijuana market and become one of the state’s preeminent providers of medicinal cannabis products.”

General Cannabis Corp. (CANN) is the comprehensive national resource for the highest-quality service providers available to the regulated cannabis industry. As the legal cannabis industry grows throughout the United States, the industry’s leading service provider, General Cannabis Corp. recently announced it is expanding its presence on the East Coast with the opening of a New York office. “Given our growing list of East Coast clients and the steps that states like Massachusetts and New Jersey have taken toward launching adult-use sales, this is the ideal time for General Cannabis to further invest and establish itself in the region,” said Michael Feinsod, Executive Chairman of the Board for General Cannabis. “The growth potential for the market in this region is unparalleled. An East Coast office is perfectly suited to cater to this territory as General Cannabis continues to expand its presence nationwide. We plan on expanding our security, operations and marketing segments aggressively throughout the East Coast. In addition, we will be utilizing this office to expand and enhance our corporate, marketing and mergers and acquisitions teams.”

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How Industries Are Being Changed By Marijuana Stocks

Joe Samuel

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You’ll most likely read about them in the news today. Marijuana stocks are taking center stage after a whirlwind year in 2018. If one thing’s certain, it’s that this has become a very real industry and it is scaling quickly.

Where most people will think about growing cannabis or selling cannabis, marijuana stocks encompass much more than just the agricultural industry.

Eat Your Heart Out, Uber

Take, for instance, Parcel Pal, Inc. (PTNYF) (PKG). This is a company that has begun to build a model for delivery.  We’ve all seen the mass appeal for mobile applications like Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash and the like. Parcel Pal is going one step further.  Not only are they deliverying everything under the sun from groceries to clothing but they’ve also begun to put deals together with Canadian LPs for cannabis delivery.

Take, for instance, Parcel Pal, Inc. (PTNYF) (PKG). This is a company that has begun to build a model for delivery.  We’ve all seen the mass appeal for mobile applications like Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash and the like. Parcel Pal is going one step further.  Not only are they delivering everything under the sun from groceries to clothing but they’ve also begun to put deals together with Canadian LPs for cannabis delivery.

Don’t get me wrong, there are other companies that deliver cannabis but few, if any are actually doing it on a direct level with licensed producers.  For this reason, Parcel Pal could truly become a gamechanges within the industry and a pioneer for the new age of on-demand delivery.  According to a recent press release, this delivery should have begun this week starting on April 15th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

ParcelPal to Launch Cannabis Delivery on April 15th

“We are extremely excited to go live with our first partner in the cannabis space, Kiaro.”

Kelly Abbott, President and CEO

Furthermore, the company also has a previously announced deal in place with Choom Holdings (CHOOF) (CHOO). The Company received the agreement from Choom for the establishment of distribution from various retail outlets in Canada.  Being that the company recently achieved a major milestone of its 2 millionth delivery, Parcel Pal is far from the new kid on the block.

Global Reach Is Growing Strong

Other companies are also getting into the mix to shake up the cannabis industry with a big focus coming from investment banks.  Aurora Cannabis  (ACB) and Canopy Growth (CGC) (WEED) both had analyst coverage initiated by Bank of America. The coverage comes with Buy ratings and fresh price targets to add to the excitement.

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Don’t forget that Canopy Growth has been on the hunt for big buyouts of companies in the marijuana arena.  The company announced that it will be expanding its European footprint through the purchase of a Spanish licensed cannabis producer, Cafina.  Canopy will be adding Cafina’s 1,600 square foot greenhouse to the existing 430k square foot licensed production site in Denmark. It will also include its facility in Germany.

Needless to say, marijuana stocks have taken their lumps. This happened during the period from March 15 to April 15 period but similar to last year, the turnaround may be nearby. The MJ industry saw a similar pullback during this time frame last year. Shortly following tax day, the industry rallied well into May.  Could this be the same thing we see in 2019?

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Are Marijuana Stocks Set For A Rebound?

Daniel Chase

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Marijuana stocks and the marijuana industry have proven to be incredibly lucrative throughout the last several years with increased acceptance of CBD by medical experts as well as innovation-driven products making their way to the market.

In the months leading up to Canadian legalization of recreational cannabis use, the sector saw exponential gains enjoyed by some of the industry’s leading producers. One research report suggested that in those early months, several top cannabis stocks would experience a market value increase of over 100% in some cases. With such unprecedented potential for growth, investors were ready to ride the high to the top.

However, in the week or so following Canadian legalization, the volatility of the market became incredibly clear. Even with the advent of Canadian legislation, and other nations with policy procedures in the woodworks, the cannabis industry is still very much in its infancy, meaning that there is a large amount of growth the sector must undergo before investors can enjoy its full potential. Though cannabis supply is low, sector hopes remain high that the industry will meet the demand of consumers and prove profitable. In the meantime, it looks like the street could be prepping for that #BTFD moment ;).

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The Weed Man, The Paper Boy, The Evening TV

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OTTAWA — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said in an official statement late Tuesday that it has given strike notice to Canada Post, a company that functions as the primary mail provider in Canada. If American postal workers are some of the kindest individuals in the public sector, I can only imagine the severity of whatever is causing the union to strike. 

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) represents nearly 50,000 Canadian postal workers across the country. In their official press release, the union stated that if their demands are not met, “rotating strikes will begin at 12:01 am, Monday, October 22. Locations have yet to be determined. ”

As for their demands, the CUPW claims Canada Post needs to address issues of “health and safety, gender equality and preserving full-time, middle-class jobs,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. The union has been reportedly pushing for 3.5% annual wage increases but has been met with offers far below inflation, Palecek added. 

“Our goal is still negotiated settlements with no postal disruption. This week is Canada Post’s chance to make that happen-Mike Palecek, National President Canadian Union of Postal Workers 

Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton, in response to union strike threats, said in a statement that the postal service has found common ground with the union before, with issues far more severe than this, and he confident a resolution will be found. 

Hamilton also assured the Canadian public that the postal service will still be operational in the event of a strike, as Canada Post is the largest parcel service company in Canada. 

The CUPW’s decision to advocate for their rights and strike, while important, comes at a very inconvenient time for many industries in Canada, notably the cannabis industry. 

On Tuesday, at 12:01 am, distribution and use of recreational marijuana became legal for Canadian citizens, ending almost a century of prohibition. While many cannabis consumers are ecstatic about the news, individuals living in communities without retail cannabis shops have little to no access to the product. 

It was at this moment, cannabis producers had a revelation. We can get more products to consumers if we offer delivery services through the Canada Post. Game changer. 

According to the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB), the organization partnered with Canada Post to deliver cannabis. As far as the terms of the contract, customers will be responsible for a $10 shipping fee when ordering, and their orders will be shipped directly from the LDB’s warehouse within 48 hours of order submission. Ironically, or not, on the first official day that cannabis is recreational legal, the Canada Post decides to go on strike. Canada Post hasn’t officially stated that their demanded issue changes have any relation to cannabis distribution responsibilities. 

While the Canada Post, the Postal Workers Union, and the BCLDB get their affairs in order, other companies in the space are implementing creative solutions to deliver the quality product to consumers. 

Enter Choom (CHOOF),  an “emerging adult use cannabis company” which has secured the rights to 52 retail opportunities across Western Canada, with 29 “highly strategic and sure locations” around the province.

Choom (CHOOF) has worked tirelessly to create their best-in-market retail storefront brand in the Canadian adult use market and officially announced in September, that they entered into a distribution agreement with ParcelPal Technology Inc. (“ParcelPal”) (PTNYF). 

Step aside, Canada Post, and let the real cannabis players get their hands dirty. Gone are the days of standing for hours in line for your lunch, rushing to the store after work to grab your clothes, and now, waiting for Postal Workers Unions to settle their grievances. 

ParcelPal (PTNYF), the pony express built for the digital age that Canadians have waited for, offers “on-demand delivery of merchandise from leading retailers, restaurants, liquor store and,” as of 12:01 am on Tuesday, medical and recreational marijuana. 

“We recognize the importance of utilizing the existing technology of ParcelPal’s mobile app in concert with their outstanding track record of home delivery execution. We believe this will provide an exceptional customer experience and we are excited to offer this to our valued customers upon the upcoming rollout of our retail strategy.”

Chris Bogart President and CEO Choom

As for the legality of cannabis delivery, ParcelPal (PTNYF), in partnership with Choom, will be held to the same standards as Canada Post. Upon delivering your product, you will need to show proper identification indicating that you are nineteen years or older. 

I wish the Canadian Union of Postal Workers the best of luck in their organizing and hope that Canada Post takes their demands seriously. If either party starts to get stressed, no reason to panic. Choom (CHOOF) delivers. 

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